Testing

Thanksgiving holiday update

Due to the university holiday, no COVID-19 PCR tests will be run after Monday, Nov. 21. Testing will resume on Monday, Nov. 28. Please do not submit any PCR tests before Sunday, Nov. 27.

CWRU community members are welcome to take rapid antigen kits. Please note that vending machines will not be filled during the holiday. Restocking will resume on Monday, Nov. 28. Rapid antigen kits are also available for a cost at local pharmacies.

COVID-19 Testing for Symptoms, Exposures and Travel

If you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and recovered, you do not need to be tested unless you develop new symptoms.

For medical emergencies, please call 216.368.3333 (on-campus) or 911 off-campus.

For medical advice about a positive test, managing symptoms, and/or treatment:

  • students should contact University Health and Counseling (216.368.2450 or myhealthconnect.case.edu);
  • faculty and staff should contact their primary medical provider.

Do you have any symptoms

Get tested as soon as possible with a rapid antigen test or PCR test.

Rapid Antigen Testing

If your rapid antigen test is positive, you will need to isolate per CWRU guidelines. Please submit your positive rapid test through myhealthconnect.case.edu, and you will be contacted via secure messaging with further guidance.

If your rapid antigen test is negative AND you have symptoms, please stay home or in your residence hall. You should not come to campus until the following conditions are met:

  • You have a negative PCR test, AND
  • You have been without fever for at least one day, AND
  • Your other symptoms are improving.

PCR Testing

If your PCR test is positive, you will need to isolate per CWRU guidelines. If the test was done outside CWRU, please submit your positive test result through myhealthconnect.case.edu (instructions below), and you will be contacted via secure messaging with further guidance.

If your PCR test is negative, you may return to campus when:

  • You have been without fever for at least one day, AND
  • Your other symptoms are improving.

Have you been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for at least 10 days after your exposure.

Get tested five days after your exposure. However, health science students should get tested immediately (if possible) AND again at day 5.

If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), you will need to quarantine for 10 days after your exposure. Please contact Health Services (216.368.2450) during clinic hours for additional guidance.

Are you traveling?

Learn more about testing for travel from the CDC.

Due to the federal requirements for acceptable COVID-19 tests, we are unable to offer testing for international travel.

COVID testing is available at local pharmacies, as well as at many airports, including Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, for a fee.

Test availability

On-campus

Rapid antigen self-test kits and PCR tests are in vending machines across campus. Please note: The machines are re-stocked weekdays, during the afternoons. Rapid antigen self-test kits are limited in supply and may not be available in the machines.

PCR tests are currently performed Monday through Friday. Tests submitted late Thursday and on Friday will not return with a result until after the weekend.

Testing vending machines are located in Biomedical Research Building, Fribley Commons, Kent Hale Smith, Leutner Commons, Peter B. Lewis, Samson Pavilion, Sears, Tinkham Veale University Center, Tomlinson Hall, Veale Recreation, Convocation and Athletic Center, and Wade Commons.

Note: You cannot eat, drink (even water), chew, smoke or vape at least 30 minutes before taking a PCR saliva test.

Individuals with symptoms may contact Health Services for testing in clinic. Students with symptoms can make an appointment through myhealthconnect.case.edu. Faculty and staff with symptoms should call Health Services (216.368.2450) during clinic hours.

Off-campus

Get information about testing in the community.

Rapid antigen self-test kits are available at local pharmacies. Free tests can be ordered through COVIDtests.gov

PCR tests are available at local pharmacies or through your medical provider.

Submitting Off-Campus Test Results

You can upload your COVID-19 test results from off-campus testing sources through MyHealthConnect.

  1. Select "Enter My COVID-19 Test Results."

    Screenshot of CWRU health record system that says "I would like to" with the option of "Enter my COVID-19 Test Results" circled

  2. Enter the date and result of your COVID-19 RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test.
  3. Upload your results by selecting the green "Upload" button.

    Screenshot of CWRU MyHealthConnect page that shows a green upload button at the bottom

If you receive an error message or for some reason this method does not work, you can send your COVID-19 test results by sending a secure message through MyHealthConnect. 

  1. Select "New Message."
  2. Select "I want to send a message to the immunization nurse."
  3. You will then be able to attach your test results and send a message to our RNs, who will upload the results to your medical record.